In 2002, the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) articulated the basic tenets of Open Access (OA) for the first time. Since then, thousands of journals have adopted policies that embrace some or all of the OA core components related to: readership; reuse; copyright; posting; and machine readability. It’s time to move the conversation beyond the deceptively simple question of, “Is It Open Access?” toward a more productive evaluation of “How Open Is It?”
PLOS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to create a guide called “HowOpenIsIt?” that identifies the core components of OA and how they are implemented across the spectrum between “Open Access” and “Closed Access.” This resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access.” Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates.
We hope that you find this guide useful — and that you pass it along.
Happy Open Access Week (October 22-28, 2012)!